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September 23, 2009

Stadium will be booming Saturday at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- For Tennessee Tech football fans who are making the journey to Manhattan, Kan., Saturday to see the Golden Eagles tackle Big 12 foe Kansas State, there will be plenty of activities surrounding the game to keep your attention.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be booming with activity when Kansas State hosts Tech in the Wildcats' final non-conference contest of the season. The afternoon marks the annual celebration of Fort Riley Day and Band Day at the stadium, which will also coincide with University Family Day at K-State.

Another great crowd is expected and fans are encouraged to be in their seats early on Saturday as festivities surrounding Fort Riley Day will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m., in the stadium. The pregame show will feature a Color Guard unit that will include all Fort Riley unit colors, a moment of silence to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, and a helicopter flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem.

But fans should get the biggest bang out of the show when the Wildcats are welcomed to the field thunderously to the firing of "Old Thunder," a Civil War-era cannon set in the northeast corner of the north end zone, and machine gun fire from two High Mobility Mounted Wheeled Vehicles stationed near the home team ramp in the north end zone. During halftime, participants in Fort Riley Day and Band Day will join forces for the 1812 Overture, which will include the firing of four 105 mm Howitzer cannons. The cannons will be located on the grassy area outside the east stands in the northeast corner of the stadium.

In addition, Fort Riley will display an HMMWV and an Armored Security Vehicle on the west Bramlage sidewalk, while an expected 1,400 soldiers are treated to a tailgate barbeque.